It’s been quite a ride for Mr. Amore Stable and their 2013
acquisition, the gelding Ribo Bobo.
Since re-taking the son of Louis Quatorze for $6,250 on Feb. 21, 2013,
and under the stewardship of trainer Jason Servis, they have visited the winner’s
circle a remarkable nine times, including five stakes scores. They’ll look to make a 10th visit
to the winner’s circle following Saturday’s $75,000 Decathlon Stakes, the
featured event on Monmouth’s Opening Day card this Saturday.
he was a great claim,” said Servis, who won at a 31% clip at Monmouth last
season. “He’s a runner, no doubt about
it. He’s given us quite a few thrills.”
thrills were wins in the Sunshine Millions Sprint earlier this year and
victories in the Maryland Million Sprint and Monmouth’s own Icecapade Stakes
last season, his lone start over the Oceanport oval.
Perhaps even more interesting in
some of those wins is Ribo Bobo’s running style and his occasional tendency to
get out around the turn.
“That’s all in his head,” Servis
said. “I have no idea why he does
it. It’s not every race, just whenever
he wants. That’s all him.”
Even with that tendency, it
certainly hasn’t slowed down the Florida-bred, who has twice rattled off six
furlongs in under 1:09. He’ll once again
go six panels in Saturday’s Decathlon, his first start since a third-place
finish in the Sir Shackleton Stakes at Gulfstream Park
on March 29.
“That wasn’t his day,” Servis said,
referring to Ribo Bobo’s last start.
“But he’s doing good. It’s nice
that post position doesn’t matter with him.
He can sit just off speed or go to the lead. He’s versatile like
that. We’ll see how he breaks and let
Paco (jockey Lopez) take it from there.”
On Saturday, Ribo Bobo will break
from post 10 in the 11-horse field. He
has been installed the 5/2 morning line favorite by oddsmaker Brad Thomas.
Post time for Saturday’s Opening Day
program is 12:50 p.m., with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. The Decathlon, which will be run as race 11
on the 12-race card has an estimated post time of 5:43 p.m.